Definition of replevin in English:


Syllabification: re·plev·in
Pronunciation: /riˈplevən


  • 1A procedure whereby seized goods may be provisionally restored to their owner pending the outcome of an action to determine the rights of the parties concerned.
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    • The word ‘replevin’ refers to the ability of a tenant to retake the seized goods.
    • I think that the word ‘replevin’ would be an old Norman-French word that goes back to 1066 and probably means ‘recover’.
    • I was asked at the United Future caucus this morning what the word ‘replevin’ means, and I had to confess that I had absolutely no idea.
  • 1.1An action arising from a replevin.
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    • Shortly thereafter, plaintiff brought this action in replevin to recover the dog.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French replevir 'recover' (see replevy).

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